Rural Mental Health Network is dedicated to working with provincial partners to better support rural communities. By working together, rural communities can learn about and access additional supports that help sustain mentally health communities. Partnerships only make a difference if that are used by Animators and rural communities. This section is enabling our Network of Animators, rural communities, and other stakeholders to learn about other projects that’s are available, and to connect with those programs, services, initiatives, grants, or projects that can benefit their communities and local or provincial efforts.
The program supports rural Alberta communities who are actively involved in the attraction and retention of local health-care providers. Capacity building opportunities is a significant piece of the support offered to A&R committees.
If your community is interested in enhancing local engagement in community health and wellbeing and/or in rural community building capacity, contact the Rural Community Consultant supporting the Attraction and Retention committee in your area.
Honouring Life is a suicide prevention program developed to support First Nation and Metis communities by building capacity in mental wellness, resiliency, and healthy lifestyle promotion. The program helps communities get involved in efforts to address the high rate of suicide among Indigenous children and youth.
This program is useful for animators in urban/rural agencies supporting Indigenous youth not living in a First Nation community or Metis Settlement, as support may be provided to you through this program. When your community has set local priorities and action plans, they can access funds to support those plans through the program.
To assist with primary health care planning, Alberta Health has developed a series of reports to provide a broad range of demographic, socio-economic and population health statistics considered relevant to primary health care for communities across the province.
The community profile contains a large number of demographic, socio-economic and health related indicators to provide a better understanding of the community’s current and future health needs. The information can be useful to assist in your community planning.
This provincial action plan for youth suicide prevention takes a comprehensive, long-term strategic approach by building on effective activities and programs already underway and support the development of new stakeholder identified initiatives to meet the needs of the youth and families they serve.
Building Strength, Inspiring Hope: A Provincial Action Plan for Youth Suicide Prevention 2019-2024 is meant to support communities if they choose to take action to address youth suicide.
A not-for-profit organization that focuses on mental health in agriculture across Canada. This organization is working to change the culture of Agriculture to one where all produces are encouraged, supported and empowered to take care of their mental wellbeing.
Connect with Do More to learn the tools to begin supporting your community towards mental wellbeing. You can play a role in helping the Do More Foundation champion the mental wellbeing of all Canadian producers.
The Mental Health Training Framework is a guide that helps professionals identify training and resources to support the development of knowledge, behavioural and activating competencies. The framework leverages Alberta’s existing investments made in training and professional development. It summarizes core knowledge, behavioural and activating competencies identified as essential for professionals across sectors to support and promote mental health.
The framework is intended to guide organizations, communities, system level decision makers and non-traditional allies in the development of their own training protocols/frameworks to address the specific learning needs of their staff and stakeholders.
This framework is a tool that provides a guide for communities looking to address mental health and illness related issues in their community.
This Framework overlaps with the guiding principles of Animator training, providing additional activities, practices, and ways of thinking to strengthen community dialogue and actions that support a mentally healthy community.
CSP is an education centre that strives to equip Canadians with the information, knowledge and skills necessary to respond to people at risk of suicide.
CSP offers 9 different workshops that will help equip yourself to respond to a person at risk of suicide. As well, many different types of resources are offered, from infographics to in-depth editorial articles.
ARDN strives to create a strong, sustainable network that empowers rural communities. They facilitate, support and champion rural community development through collaboration, research and service provision.
ARDN builds their projects around community needs and looks to local champions for a strong impact. They want to increase the number of organization and partners they work with, so that rural Alberta can benefit from their collective efforts. Connect with ARDN if you feel your community may benefit from the various projects.
Created to enhance the prevention and treatment of addiction and mental health issues in order to provide the best outcomes for patients
If you're an Animator with lived experience or involved in front-line healthcare, you can join this community of physicians, front-line healthcare workers, researchers and other specialists addressing Albertan's mental health needs; focusing on prevention and treatment.
Community drug coalitions are actively involved in Alberta, pulling together people from different disciplines to share ideas and resources, and to solve alcohol and other drug problems.
There are more than 60 community drug coalitions registered in the province. If this is an issue in your community, find a coalition near you. If there is no coalition in your area, consider getting started as funding is available to support community-led initiatives.
The AHCA focues on creating an environment that supports making the healthier choice the easier choice.
There may be an existing team in your community to connect with and work together. If not, you can be a leader and encourage your community group to build on its existing strengths by engaging all its members through conversations on local priorities.
The 211 service is designed to create awareness, while providing information and referrals to supports and services available in your region. It enables everyone to help in non-emergency/non-violent crisis situations
If 211 is not available in your community, animators can contact 211 to get it started. If it is available the community can use 211 or promote awareness about the support it provides.
When you see someone in distress, you can help before police or emergency services are needed by calling 211 and pressing 3 to dispatch the 24/7 Crisis Diversion team
Recovery College is part of a provincial project to bring peer-centered recovery supports to communities.
Animators may share information about training opportunities, or access the free train-the-trainer courses, so that you or others can offer training within your communities that help people recognize and develop their own resourcefulness and awareness in order to support themselves or their loved one's recovery journey.
Creates "pathways out of poverty" in communities by investing in three focus areas ('Break the Cycle', 'Lift People Out' and 'Provide a Safety Net').
Mobilize your community to help create "pathways out of poverty" by launching your own fundraising campaign in support of this organization.
Participate in the Poverty simulation to better understand the shoes of someone living in poverty.
Canadian Centre on Substance Use and Addiction (CCSA)
The Improving Treatment Togther (ITT) Project
Building Wellbeing Link
The ITT project works directly with families, youth and service providers to improve opioid treatment for youth. The goal is to collaboratively identify needs and then co-design solutions for youth-centered opioid use treatment services.
Join the network and receive updates, opportunities and other information pertinent to the network and this project.
The Psychologists' Association of Alberta is the voice of, and for, psychology in Alberta. They are the voluntary body that advocates for psychology in Alberta, informs the public and the media, and advocates for consumers of psychotherapy, psychological, and mental health services. The mission of the PAA is to advance the science-based profession of psychology and to promote the well-being and potential of all Albertans. PAA and Its members are recognized leaders in enhancing the psychological health of all Albertans.
The PAA provides professional development and networking opportunities for its members, has an active communications strategy, and operates a province-wide referral service. If you are looking to start an initiative in your community, PAA supports many initiatives that seek to enhance psychological health and wellness in the province. Additionally, you know of someone in your community that would benefit from psychological help, utilize the public and accessible referral service by phone or online: https://psychologistsassociation.ab.ca/referrals/ or 780.424.0294 or 1.888.424.0297
AASAS provides leadership, coordination and collaboration of sexual assault services in Alberta. They have focused their efforts in two key areas; awareness and access.
Animators and communities can take part in training and awareness campaigns hosted by AASAS. If this is a local priority, your community can also launch a Sexual Assault Response Team (SART). Learn more on their website.